Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Themes: Fantasy, YA, romance, fairy-tale retelling
Trigger warnings/Potential concerns for readers: Abuse; Sexual and domestic, sexism, homophobia
Format: I received an E-Arc copy from NetGalley but it will be available in paperback and on kindle. You can check the book out here.
Price: £6.99 at Waterstones.
Rating: 4 STARS
Release date: 06/08/2020
It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy-tale is over. Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball are forfeit. But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen – she’s in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world.
An electrifying twist on the classic fairy-tale that will inspire girls to break out of limiting stereotypes and follow their dreams!
I love a good fairy-tale retelling and I don’t remember the last time I read a Cinderella retelling so I was excited for this one! I think Cinderella Is Dead is SUCH a clever take on Cinderella, I think this will be such a good book for teenagers to read as it completely disregards the whole marrying prince charming is the only way to be happy trope most traditional fairy-tale endings have, which is an important lesson to learn. The plot was well thought of, well developed and well paced. The twists, thankfully, weren’t easy to guess so it made reading so much more interesting because I genuinely had no clue which why this story was going to go.
The world building is incredible, it’s definitely dark and there are some trigger warnings for things that happen such as homophobia , abuse, sexism, these things are hard to read but Bayron dealt with them sensitively. The diversity in Cinderella is Dead is brilliant, the main character Sophia is a queer Black female in a f/f relationship and this is something we need more of in YA.